Careers for Visual-Spatial Learners

Visual-spatial learners prefer working with visual images. They can see how things connect, which makes them good at putting things together. They may be drawn to careers that involve architecture, mechanical repair, navigation or art and design.

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Career Options for Visual-Spatial Learners

Visual-spatial learners are not individuals who want to theorize in their mind for prolonged periods of time. They like to be able to see and touch what they're working with. Visual-spatial learners can study objects and understand their relationships; they want to be able to visualize things instead of focusing on abstract concepts. Below are some careers visual-spatial learners might enjoy.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Job Growth* (2014-2024)
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $72,680 10%
Multimedia Artists and Animators $65,300 6%
Landscape Architects $63,480 5%
Medical Equipment Repairers $48,070 6%
Air Traffic Controllers $122,410 -9% (Decline)
Geoscientists $89,780 10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

To become a captain, mate or pilot of water vessels, one must fulfill Transportation Security Administration and Merchant Marine Credential requirements and be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard; citizenship is required and a bachelor's degree may also be necessary. Captains are responsible for all aspects of a ship's operations, mates may fill in for the captain, and pilots are specifically responsible for navigation. Visual-spatial learners might enjoy using their skills to safely navigate ships and visualize relationships of different elements to make appropriate decisions.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia artists and animators create drawings, animation and visual effects for things like animated television shows and other forms of media. Visual-spatial learners may find this type of career rewarding because the focus is on producing visual images or models, and since visual-spatial learners typically have good design skills, they may be very effective at producing compelling designs for the projects they work on. By studying art or a similar subject and earning a bachelor's degree, visual-spatial learners can prepare for a career in this field.

Landscape Architects

Landscape architects must earn a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, and most states require licensure as well. Landscape architects prepare plans for outdoor areas like public gardens. Visual-spatial learners will find that this career involves producing design plans, sketching out ideas and then finalizing a plan, which are tasks that will particularly appeal to them. They also need to understand the relationships of different things included in the space they're designing, which is why visual-spatial learners are ideal for this type of career.

Medical Equipment Repairers

Since visual-spatial learners are good at seeing how different visual items interconnect, they can be good at things like mechanical repair. Medical equipment repairers specifically use their talents to make medical equipment work correctly, and this can involve taking items apart, replacing pieces that are not working properly, or making other adjustments to the mechanical systems so that the equipment functions as intended. An associate's degree in a subject such as biomedical technology can typically be earned in two years of postsecondary study, and it may prepare individuals for this type of career, although some positions may require a bachelor's degree.

Air Traffic Controllers

Anyone who has flown in a plane has benefited from the work that air traffic controllers do to ensure that runways are clear before planes land. Visual-spatial learners can take advantage of their ability to form connections with visual items and may find it appealing to work with the type of visual monitoring systems used for air traffic control. Controllers usually need a bachelor's degree, must be citizens and must pass several tests to qualify to work in this field.


A bachelor's degree is required to work as a geoscientist; a license may also be required, and graduate studies are needed for advanced positions. Geoscientists specifically focus on the physical features of the world, and their work can involve making maps and studying photographs. Visual-spatial learners may find that this career suits their learning style because they will spend a lot of time focused on studying formations and visual images.

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